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Justin Fields will be a game-time decision | Injury Update


Bears quarterback Justin Fields' availability for Sunday's road contest against the Jets is expected to be a game-time decision, coach Matt Eberflus said Friday.

The second-year pro was listed as questionable on the injury report after being limited in practice for the third straight day due to a left shoulder injury he suffered late in last Sunday's loss to the Falcons.

"I think we're going to let it go up to the game," Eberflus said. "We'll see where it goes. He's feeling better every single day. We've got 48 hours to assess that to where we're going to go with that."

Eberflus said that Fields participated in individual drills and some team work as well in Friday's practice.

"He's able to do a lot of things," said the Bears coach. "So we're getting him in there with what he can do, and he's been doing good in there."

Key factors in determining whether Fields can play against the Jets will include the pain, strength and function in his shoulder.

"We'll see where it goes," Eberflus said. "It's really a three-pronged effect. It's really more about the medical staff clearing him all the way into that [playing] status, then him feeling really good about his performance—being able to go out there and perform—and then as coaches assessing where he is throughout the week of practice."

Eberflus said that his preference is that Fields will play if "he's 100 percent ready to play."

If Fields is unable to go, backup quarterback Trevor Siemian would make his first start of the season. Siemian joined the Bears this year after appearing in 33 NFL games with 29 starts over six seasons with the Broncos (2015-17), Vikings (2018), Jets (2019), Titans (2020) and Saints (2020-21), completing 58.9 percent of his passes for 6,843 yards with 41 touchdowns, 27 interceptions and an 81.2 passer rating.

On the other side of the ball, starting rookie defensive backs Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker and backup linebacker Sterling Weatherford all have been ruled out of Sunday's game because they remain in concussion protocol.

Gordon and Brisker, the Bears' top two picks in the second round of this year's draft, both have played in all 11 games so far this season. Brisker ranks third on the defense with 73 tackles, leads the Bears with 3.0 sacks and also has recorded one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Gordon is fifth with 55 tackles and also has generated one interception, four pass breakups and one forced fumble.

The Bears held a walkthrough at Halas Hall Wednesday afternoon as they prepare for Sunday's matchup with New York Jets.

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